Dorchester is a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts with a population of 114,298. Dorchester is in Suffolk County. Living in Dorchester offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Dorchester there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dorchester and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Dorchester are above average.
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I have lived in Dorchester for the absolute majority of my life and, not to sound biased, but it is definitely my favorite town in Boston. The accessibility to public transportation, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, and basically anywhere else you might need to go is awesome. The scenery is also beautiful as there are many historical buildings and public areas with lovely nature. One of the only downsides is the cost of living, but I know it could be worse. The neighborhoods are very close-knit and overall, the people are just super friendly and accomodating to everyone no matter who they are. I love Dorchester and am a proud DotRat (our nickname)!
I love the real neighborhood feeling of Dorchester! There are a wide variety of great restaurants all over Dorchester! It is quick and easy to get into Downtown Boston from Dorchester as there are multiple bus lines with rapid transit connections as well as access to the Red Line from multiple stops in the neighborhood.
Dorchester is lovely and I have been living there for about 4 years. It's super close to Boston and easy to get to the city via red line. There are amazing local shops to eat at (Shanti, Bahn mi ba le, McKenna's). Close to UMass Boston, so it's ideal for students! Rent is going up, but it still pretty affordable for the time being.